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NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement following a press conference at which Senate President Steve Sweeney proposed the creation of a federal pension loan program to help states improve their pension funding levels. “We are glad that Senate President Sweeney continues to explore every possible option for helping New Jersey responsibly meet its pension obligations. As the Senator noted, this does not change the need for New Jersey to meet its current pension obligations immediately. However, this approach deserves a very close look because of its potential to lower costs for New Jersey taxpayers while making workers’ pensions more secure.Read
Created on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
In the wake of a July 20 guest column in the Star-Ledger by Edward Buttimore (“Christie’s sleight of hand on pension payments”), NJEA is sharing the following information in order to clarify the issues he raised for a deeper understanding of what they do – and do not – mean.Read
Created on Friday, July 24, 2015
At a recent campaign stop in New Hampshire, Gov. Christie rejected the idea of revising the state’s pension funding schedule, instead insisting on further pension reductions. In light of his atrocious record on pension funding, even following the pension reductions imposed on public employees in 2011, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement rejecting the idea of any further discussion or negotiation with the governor on pensions:
“Chris Christie is very busy these days running for president, so I’ll keep this short: he doesn’t need to worry about wasting precious campaign time discussing changes to New Jersey’s pension system because we have no intention of negotiating anything with this governor.Read
Created on Monday, July 20, 2015
When Gov. Chris Christie came to Camden today from the national campaign trail, he was greeted by New Jersey residents who gathered to remind him of his failures here at home.Read
Created on Thursday, July 16, 2015
Mark your calendars to attend the Jim George Collective Bargaining Summit on Oct. 23-24. The overnight summit will include training seminars and speakers. NJEA encourages you to make plans to come to the conference along with members of your negotiations team. NJEA is accepting nominations for the Collective Bargaining Award.Read
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement regarding the standards review process announced at today’s State Board of Education meeting: “We knew that Gov. Christie wasn’t serious about raising standards when he renounced the Common Core in May. Today’s presentation proves that his move was about pure politics, not policy.Read
Created on Wednesday, July 08, 2015
New Jersey Education Association President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement regarding Gov. Chris Christie’s announced presidential campaign:“Running New Jersey is a full-time job, and New Jersey residents deserve a full-time governor.
“We face big problems in this state. Our credit rating is a disaster. Our unemployment rate is high. Our economic growth is slow. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Our pensions are in crisis. Our schools are underfunded. And now our governor has abandoned the job he has to campaign for the job he really wants.Read
Created on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
By large margins, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed a concurrent resolution today urging Gov. Christie to make the state’s FY2016 pension payment early, which would allow the fund to earn interest on the payment throughout the year.Read
Created on Monday, June 29, 2015
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement following Gov. Christie’s press conference at which he announced deep cuts to the pension funding passed yesterday by the Legislature: “Gov. Christie’s irresponsible veto of much-needed pension funding is a continuing insult to public employees and all taxpayers as he departs the state to pursue his political ambitions. His pandering to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire leaves New Jersey with a growing pension obligation that must now be paid, with interest, by New Jersey’s taxpayers.
Created on Friday, June 26, 2015
The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly today passed, on party-line votes, a budget that provides a record $3.1 billion pension payment. That amount represents the full payment due under Ch. 78 for the upcoming fiscal year. Both houses also passed legislation requiring pension payments to be made quarterly, rather than only at the end of the fiscal year. A small number of Republicans broke ranks to support that common-sense improvement to New Jersey’s pension funding practice.Read
Created on Thursday, June 25, 2015
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